MEBI 550: Grading and other policies
The course meets for two lecture/classroom sessions per week, each one
hour and 20 minutes. Approximately 6 hours of outside time are
expected to devote to homework, reading and study. There will be
several homework assignments, and either a final examination or final
Textbooks No single text covers all the material of the
course. Most of the core material will be covered in draft chapters
in the instructor's forthcoming book, "Principles of Biomedical
Informatics". Paul Graham's "ANSI Common Lisp", is recommended for
learning Common Lisp and as a reference for the Common Lisp language.
This book is available at the University of Washington Bookstore and
other fine bookstores. Additional readings on some topics will be
assigned from the research literature.
The Informatics computing lab of the Biomedical and Health Informatics
Graduate Program provides a Linux system with a Common Lisp
programming environment. To obtain an account and learn about access,
after registering for the course, contact Gary Csorgo
(firstname.lastname@example.org), the Informatics Lab Manager.
Each student is expected to complete each assignment by the indicated
due date. Homework assignments should be the individual work of each
student, although you are allowed to discuss the assignments with each
There will be either a Final Exam or a Project. Each quarter this is
decided before the quarter begins. The exam, when given, will consist
of problems or programming exercises similar to the homework. The
project is work chosen by each student, to represent substantial
application of a topic or topics learned in the class. Projects are
presented orally during the scheduled Final Exam period, and are also
expected to be submitted by that time as written reports.
All students are expected to abide by the University of Washington's
Statement on Academic Honesty
The course is graded; the grade is based on the homework assignments,
the final exam or final project, and class participation.
The homework assignments collectively will comprise 60% of your
grade, and the exam or project will be 20%. The remaining 20% will
be based on class participation.
This class is small, with a lot of opportunity for participation. You
are expected to observe common courtesy, listen carefully to whomever
is speaking, avoid potentially hurtful or insulting comments, show
respect to everyone in the room. Although computing may seem to be a
dry topic on which little can be discussed, it is my experience that
there is a lot to talk about, and I am open to a wide range of
questions and ideas.